immigrant financial justice

In this episode of Let’s Be Real, we speak with Dominga Payano, a tenant organizer with Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition. Dominga represented the organization in the statewide Housing Justice for All Campaign. In an interview recorded just weeks before the campaign won a landmark victory—with the Legislature’s enactment of some of the strongest tenant laws in New York history—Dominga reflects on how she got involved in tenant organizing, her vision for housing justice in the Bronx, and what’s to come.

El Diario — ¿Los cobradores de deudas te están acosando? ¿Has sido demandado por un cobrador de deudas? ¿Un cobrador  ha embargado tu cuenta bancaria? En caso de que así sea, no eres el único. Cada año los cobradores de deudas persiguen a decenas de miles de neoyorquinos, enfocando sus esfuerzos en inmigrantes y neoyorquinos de color y bajos ingresos.

The Source — Undocumented immigration has been a hot topic in recent years and the country has been deeply engaged on how to handle the “dreamers” population. “Dreamers” are immigrant children who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents. In 2012, Former United States President Barack Obama announced the creation of an administrative policy temporarily protecting “dreamers” from deportation.